Our middle daughter (age 10) recently completed the library’s 2022 Extreme Book Nerd Challenge for Kids by reading 25 books (at least 100 pages long) in specific categories. She earned a paperless writing tablet just like her big brother. The challenge lists 26 categories, and she got to choose which category to skip. Here are the categories and the books she read.
- Wild card – has a mouse in it: “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary
- From a library display: “The Imagination Station (book 1): Voyage with the Vikings” by Marianne Hering
- Non-Fiction (not biography or autobiography): “Science Comics Cats: Nature and Nurture” by Andy Hirsch
- Book you love, read it again: “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert O’Brien
- Recommended by IFPL librarian: “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Lindsey
- Published this year 2022: “Science Comics Bridges: Engineering Masterpieces” by Dan Zettwock
- Book a friend likes: “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George – recommended by Returning to Paradise
- Book you have at home: “Science Comics Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice” by Jason Viola and Zack Giallonogo
- Cover you don’t like: “Who Were the Wright Brothers” by James Buckley Jr.
- Knight or dragon in it: “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell
- Clock or Time in the title: “Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner
- Coretta Scott King Award winner: skipped category
- Author who is new to you: “Nyla and the White Crocodile” by Norma Youngberg
- Trip in in (by car, train, plane, or boat): “Peter Pan” by James Barrie
- Features music or a musician: “Melody 1964: No Ordinary Sound” by Denise Lewis Patrick
- Biography or Autobiography: “Freedom Train: the Story of Harriet Tubman” by Dorothy Sterling
- About something in nature: “Science Comics Solar System: Our Place in Space” by Rosemary Mosco and Jon Chad
- Published the year you were born: “The One and Only Ivan” (2012) by Katherine Applegate
- From the bottom shelf: “The Boxcar Children #14: Tree House Mystery” by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Blue cover: “Rascal” by Sterling North
- Part of a series: “More About Paddington” by Michael Bond
- Author’s last name has fewer than five letters: “Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Silky Seal Pup” by Amelia Cobb
- Pet in it: “Nicki” (American Girl) by Ann Howard Creel
- Gemstones or jewels in it: “The Golden Goblet” by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- Person on the cover: “Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker
- Illustrations in it: “Science Comics Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future” by Mairghread Scott and Jacob Chabo
Our youngest son (age 8) is unmotivated to complete the challenge this year and that’s completely okay with us too. Maybe next time…
📚 How many of these books have you read?
📚 What’s your favorite book from the list?